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West Auckland photographer pioneers new art form to international acclaim

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screenshot.24Deb Young, a member of the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council, has been named photographer of the year at the prestigious Pollux (photography) Awards in New York, as the result of an internationally unique collaboration with two other photographers she has never met.

The three, Mt Roskill’s Deb Young, American Fransico Diaz and French woman Agnès Courrault have formed a “studio” via the internet. This is internationally unique in itself but it has also spawned a new form of photographic art in which they combine images into one photograph which tells a story.screenshot.25

Deb Young describes their art as seeing old things in new ways, in which people all over the world can communicate through visual language.

A Young/Diaz creation, Innocence & Guilt Collaboration, won them the nomination as two of four “Photographers Of The Year” at the sixth Pollux Awards, which attracted 2,040 images from 380 photographers from 47 countries.

screenshot.23This was the first year that WCCAC has included a photography section in the Members’ Exhibition, alongside original paintings. Six winning entries, three photographs and three paintings were devoted to Project Twin

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